Nursing (Mental Health) BSc Honours

Learn to assess clients effectively and build knowledge of mental health treatment interventions with our course.


3 years full-time




$11,300 (CA) $15,800 (INT)

Course Summary

At least one in four people will experience mental distress during their lifetime – and nurses are a vital part of their recovery. Our specialist course will help you develop the unique skill set and confidence to succeed in a challenging yet rewarding career that positively impacts on the lives of patients. A shortage of mental health nurses in the CA means 98% of our recent graduates with nursing qualifications were able to secure graduate employment or go onto further study. Nursing education in the mental health field will build on your passion for helping others. You’ll develop a holistic approach to assessing, treating, care planning and supporting people to recover and live the best lives possible. With plenty of hands-on experience throughout your nursing study, you’ll also gain the observation and communication skills to confidently collaborate with service users, families, carers and colleagues. In fact, many of our students secure their first job with a placement host. Once you’ve completed your course, you’ll be able to get professional status as a registered mental health nurse and gain registration with the NMC. You’ll spend 50% of your course building your practical experience through a variety of unique clinical placement opportunities with our NHS partners across CA and Canada. We’ve got state-of-the-art nursing skills labs, professional training equipment and a building set up to deliver high-fidelity simulations in areas such as resuscitation and dealing with the seriously ill. You’ll have the opportunity to contribute to projects at our research centres, including our Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (DARC), our Research Centre for Transcultural Studies and our Centre for Coproduction. The unique skillset you’ll develop will open up opportunities within mental health nursing, teaching, research, educational outreach, public health, the voluntary sector and the armed forces. When it comes to support, you’ll be matched with a Personal Tutor to get the backing you need. You’ll also get support from our Student Learning and Graduate Academic Assistants who have personal experience in your subject.

Course Content

Our course values practical application of skills in real-life settings as a vital part of nursing training, therefore 50% of your study time is spent on placement. You will develop a detailed understanding of severe and enduring mental health conditions, which include dual diagnosis, psychoses, child and adolescent mental health and dementia. In year one you will cover the main scientific and biological underpinnings of mental health nursing such as anatomy and physiology and core communication skills. You will also have your first placement experience, for which you will be fully supported and prepared. You will be introduced to the fundamentals of mental health and wellbeing and consolidate your development through the Expansive Learning module which is designed to put your professional learning in a personal and social context. In year two you will begin to develop your skills in mental health assessment and treatment. You will have the opportunity to put into practice the interventions – such as psychosocial and medication management skills you will be learning. In your final year we will support your preparation for employment by ensuring you are equipped with leadership and management skills. You will be consolidating the expertise you have built over the last three years and will be prepared for job applications and interviews. The role of a mental health nurse requires working in multi-disciplinary health and social care teams to jointly examine behavioural, emotional and cognitive responses and you will develop the confidence and communication skills to work effectively in collaboration. You will have developed the skills needed to be a professional mental health nurse and you will be a qualified professional with registration to work across a variety of settings. You will also be an excellent communicator and to have built a support and learning network. You will develop a holistic method to the assessment and planning of care using an evidence based approach, helping clients to manage their lives independently.

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